Meizu’s non-conforming 16th series with a notch-less design just got a new member, the Meizu 16X. The phone is meant for the younger generation crowd who are looking for up to date features at an affordable price tag. In many ways, the Meizu 16X can be called as the stripped down version of the Meizu 16th, bringing great value for money in the process.
Meizu opts for a different design philosophy than other brands avoiding the notch and giving users a near full screen experience. The design on the Meizu 16X is clearly carried forward from the flagship 16th series and you get the same symmetric and beautiful design on this cheaper model. It’s an all metal body and features a processed smooth finish at the back, ensuring that a cut down in price doesn’t necessarily mean a cheaper experience.
The 16X comes in three color options: Jet Black, Noble Gold, and a special Ru White. The Ru white is said to be inspired by the famous Ruware chinese pottery and will come in a ceramic metal finish. This is why you’ll find U shaped antenna bands on the black and gold versions, but the white version comes in a cleaner finish without any antenna bands visible.
Coming to the specs, the Meizu 16X features the new Snapdragon 710 processor clocked up to 2.2GHz with 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and Adreno 616 GPU. The new chipset is powerful as well as power efficient thanks to its new 10nm manufacturing technology. This should ensure that the 16X is superior in performance than the newly released Xiaomi mid-ranger, the Mi 8 Lite with SD660 on board.
Further, the Meizu 16X comes with an AMOLED 6-inch 2160×1080 pixel resolution display featuring 90.62% screen to body ratio. For a mid-range smartphone, this is definitely a big upgrade in the display performance. You also get the new age in-screen fingerprint sensor up front, with 0.25s recognition speed and 99.12% recognition rate. As for the camera, you get the same setup as the flagship 16th series. This includes a powerful 20MP camera up front. The rear camera setup consists of 12MP IMX380+ IMX350 dual cameras with 1.55um large pixels, HDR, OIS and AI. Note that with the new SD710, you also get the upgraded Spectra 250 ISP that will deliver better results than 160 on the SD660. Finally, Meizu’s collaboration with ArcSoft continues for camera algorithms.
The battery isn’t very large, but at 3100mAh, it should be enough to last an entire day with normal usage. Meizu claims that the battery is good enough for 5.8 hours of continuous King of Glory game play.
Meizu 16X Price and Availability:
Meizu 16X starts at 2098 Yuan (~$306) for the 6+64GB and 2398 Yuan for the 6+128GB ($~350) model.
The phone will first be available from Meizu’s official store on September 26 at 10:00 AM. From October 10, you can purchase the device from all major retailers like JD.com, Tmall, and Suning Tesco.